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DIA : BEACON

January through March
Friday to Monday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday

April through October
Thursday to Monday, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

November through December
Thursday to Monday, 11 a.m. - 4 p.m.
Closed Tuesday & Wednesday

Dia:Beacon
Photo: Bill Jacobson Studio



The experience

Located on the banks of the Hudson River in Beacon, New York, Dia:Beacon is just an 80-minute train ride from Grand Central Terminal. Occupying a former Nabisco box printing factory, the museum is the home for Dia's collection of art from the 1960's to the present as well as special exhibitions, new commissions, and public and education programs. Since its opening in 2003, Dia:Beacon has helped transform the City of Beacon into a vibrant arts destination.

Dia worked closely with the artist Robert Irwin to design a twenty-first century museum, with nearly 240,000 square feet of gallery space that retained the original character of the building. Dia:Beacon is often referred to as a "daylight museum" because its expansive galleries include nearly 34,000 square feet of skylights - an unusual characteristic for an art museum.

In keeping with Dia’s history of single-artist, site-related presentations, each gallery was designed specifically for the presentation of one artist’s work.

Examples of work on view include Dan Flavin's series of fluorescent light "monuments to V. Tatlin"; a gallery of John Chamberlain’s dynamic, candy-colored sculptures; Richard Serra's Torqued Ellipses (2007); and Michael Heizer's North, East, South, West (1967/2002), among others.

Dia:Beacon is part of Dia Art Foundation’s constellation of commissions, long-term installations, and site-specific projects, nationally and internationally. These include the galleries at Dia:Chelsea, Walter De Maria’s The New York Earth Room (1977) and The Broken Kilometer (1979), Max Neuhaus’s Times Square (1977), and Joseph Beuys’s 7000 Eichen (7000 Oaks) - all of which are located in New York City; The Dan Flavin Art Institute in Bridgehampton, New York; De Maria’s The Lightning Field (1977) in western New Mexico; Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty (1970) in Great Salt Lake, Utah; Nancy Holt’s Sun Tunnels (1973–76) in Great Basin Desert, Utah, and Walter De Maria’s The Vertical Earth Kilometer (1977) in Kassel, Germany. More information on Dia’s sites can be found here.

The deal

  • Round-Trip package price from GCT/Harlem-125th Street: adults, $39.50; seniors, persons with disabilities and individuals receiving Medicare, $32; children 12-18, $35.50; children 5-11, $2; children under 5, free.
  • Package price from other stations: check here for price from your boarding station.

For Metro-North Group Train Travel information, check here. For Dia:Beacon group reservations, check here.

Purchase your package from any Metro-North ticket office or full-service ticket vending machine (excluding Beacon Station).

Getting there

Take the Hudson Line to Beacon Station. Walk a short distance to Dia:Beacon. Check here for an ITINERARY.

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